Paul Ryan: Ramp up airstrikes against ISIS

Ryan is seen as a potential 2016 contender
Paul Ryan: Ramp up airstrikes against ISIS

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by Martin Matishak | The Hill | August 20, 2014


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to step up its airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I do believe that probably more of a robust air campaign is called for,” Ryan, a potential 2016 presidential contender, said during an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Ryan said the U.S. should give the Iraqi government and its security forces more logistical support to “help them have their act together.”

Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, is seen as a potential 2016 contender.

His comments came a day after ISIS fighters released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The extremists also threatened to slay another kidnapped American journalist, unless the White House ceased its air campaign against ISIS.

President Obama has approved airstrikes against ISIS to help a persecuted religious sect and to aid local forces to retake Mosul Dam.

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